Bitcoin and other major coins cooled off Tuesday night after a spike seen in their prices earlier in the week.
|Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC)||0.6%||13.6%||$44,056.13|
|Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH)||-0.7%||11.5%||$3,113.53|
|Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE)||-2.9%||11.14%||$0.16|
|Cryptocurrency||24-Hour % Change (+/-)||Price|
|UNUS SED LEO (LEO)||+54.9%||$7.49|
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Why It Matters: Bitcoin prices took a tumble earlier when the U.S. Department of Justice seized $4.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency stolen during the 2016 Bitfinex hack. A husband-wife pair was arrested in connection with the incident in Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
In Tuesday’s intraday trading, Bitcoin touched a high of $45,293.87, while Ethereum rose to $3,219.47. At press time, the two coins were down 2.73% and 3.29% respectively from those levels.
Macroeconomic factors, which took a backseat on Monday, were back in force on Tuesday in determining the trajectory of Bitcoin. The U.S. unit strengthened as the dollar index — a measure of the dollar’s strength against six of its peers — rose 0.2%, according to a Reuters report.
“The Bitcoin rally is taking a break as exhaustion settles along with profit-taking as rising rates send the dollar higher,” said Edward Moya, a senior analyst at OANDA.
The analyst said while Bitcoin has had a “nice rebound” as it bottomed out near the $33,000 level, the $46,000 to $48,000 range “will prove to be significant resistance.”
“Bitcoin may start to consolidate between the $40,000 and $45,000 level until the US inflation report later this week,” said Moya, in a note seen by Benzinga.
Amsterdam-based cryptocurrency trader Michaël van de Poppe says Bitcoin faces a “crucial resistance” different from the one it saw in September 2021.
My view on the markets is described in the chart.#Bitcoin faces a crucial resistance, which is different than the run we’ve experienced in September 2021.
— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) February 8, 2022
Meanwhile “Mega whales” of Bitcoin have increased their stashes significantly in the past 7 weeks. Addresses with 1,000 BTC or more have added a combined 220,000 BTC or $9.72 billion to their combined wallets since Dec. 23, as per Santiment, a cryptocurrency data feed for investors.
Mega whales of #Bitcoin have accumulated significantly the past 7 weeks. Addresses with 1,000 $BTC or more have added a combined 220,000 $BTC to their combined wallets since December 23rd, the most rapid accumulation we’ve seen since September, 2019. https://t.co/RdVAg9FcP7 pic.twitter.com/gL1nJ18hyA
— Santiment (@santimentfeed) February 8, 2022